I recently borrowed The Sneaky Chef cookbook from a friend and it was excellent! I got the Jessica Seinfeld version for Christmas and while I like hers ok, the explanations, recipes and purees are just more well-rounded in the Lapine book.
Yesterday I finally got around to making a couple of the purees to freeze. The thing that I like about her puree recipes is that they involve more than one vegetable in each puree based on color. I made the white puree and the orange puree. You can check out her website for some sample recipes that use these purees.
1 medium sweet potato
3 medium carrots
3-4 T water
Boil veggies for 20 minutes. Drain and puree with 2 T water. Yield 2 cups.
2 cups cauliflower
2 small zucchini-peeled
1 t lemon
3-4 T water
Steam cauliflower in steamer (10-12 min on stove or microwave 8-10)
Pulse raw zucchini with lemon. Drain cauliflower and add to puree with 2 T water. Yield 2 cups.
I have been adding purees to about half of the things I cook regularly for a few months now and the trick I have really figured out is that you have to make it really, really smooth. No one in my family is a very good vegetable eater so I’ve tried to do this as much as possible. So far, so good.